The reason? You must be friends with everyone, then no bullying will occur.
Are these people unbalanced? What do you want to bet they were loners in school who had no friends?
“I think it is kids’ preference to pair up and have that one best friend. As adults — teachers and counselors — we try to encourage them not to do that,” said Christine Laycob, director of counseling at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis. “We try to talk to kids and work with them to get them to have big groups of friends and not be so possessive about friends.”
“Parents sometimes say Johnny needs that one special friend,” she continued. “We say he doesn’t need a best friend.”
Who in the world told her she had anything at all to do with deciding how many or what kind of friends kids in her school have?
Is there a problem with two catty girls being mean to another girl? Then deal with the bad behavior. You don’t tell kids they can’t have best friends. Or, the parents can deal with it.
Obama getting elected brought all the goofs out of the woodwork. Here they are, trying to create the perfect Stepford world where all the children act as robots.
As the calendar moves into summer, efforts to manage friendships don’t stop with the closing of school. In recent years Timber Lake Camp, a co-ed sleep-away camp in Phoenicia, N.Y., has started employing “friendship coaches” to work with campers to help every child become friends with everyone else. If two children seem to be too focused on each other, the camp will make sure to put them on different sports teams, seat them at different ends of the dining table or, perhaps, have a counselor invite one of them to participate in an activity with another child whom they haven’t yet gotten to know.
Yes, this must be jealous “experts” who were the odd person out during their school years. Can’t have children forming good friends. Everyone must be as miserable as they were.